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 By Mark Burrows    Opinion

Summarizing Project Empathy's Time To Listen

COVID-19 and the ensuing economic hardship experienced by so many individuals and families from Balsam Grove to Rosenwald has taken its toll on our community and communities across the state and nation. Social isolation and a hyper... — Updated 1/13/2021


Local NAACP Denounces Trump, Cawthorn

From its beginning more than 100 years ago, the NAACP has been a non-partisan organization. This doesn’t mean that we stay out of political matters, but rather that our organization has no permanent political affiliation, only a... — Updated 1/11/2021


Unified Response Needed To Defeat COVID-19 Pandemic

As of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, all residents and staff who have agreed to be vaccinated at Tore's Home, Inc., along with our home care clients, have been given the vaccine. This is... — Updated 1/11/2021

 By Carter Heyward    Opinion

A Call To The People Of Transylvania County

I lived in Hendersonville from 1947-54. Ours was a Christian home, where we read the Bible and had family prayer around the breakfast table every morning before I set off on foot with a couple of classmates for Rosa Edwards... — Updated 12/28/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

The TRH Family Is Here For Your Family

Not one person would argue the fact that this year, 2020, has been one for the books. So much about how we live our lives is unrecognizable when compared to nine months ago. As we approach the end of 2020, one thing that keeps us... — Updated 12/23/2020


PARI Focuses On Children's Futures And STEM Shortage

America is facing a crisis and this crisis is accelerating with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This revolution, along with the current pandemic, is blurring the boundaries between physical, digital and biological learning. We... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Emily Lowery    Opinion

Frigid Temps Call For Action

The Haven of Transylvania County is our county’s only homeless shelter. It is committed to keeping its doors open and serving the homeless community. In order to come into either shelter at present time, a person must make an app... — Updated 12/9/2020


Recalling Attack On Pearl Harbor

I was almost 10 years old on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. My parents and I were living in the naval dependent housing area at Pearl Harbor and adjacent to Hickam Army Airfield. From our house, one could clearly see Ford Island in the... — Updated 12/7/2020


Thankful For Resiliency

2020 has been one of the most difficult years this century. Due to COVID-19, more than 250,000 Americans have died, millions have been unemployed for at least a few months and thousands of businesses have closed. In addition,... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

Family History Contributes To Your Health

November is a time when we traditionally reflect on gratitude for our many gifts, including the gift of family. As we approach Thanksgiving, which will be celebrated differently from any other time in our memory due to COVID-19,... — Updated 11/23/2020

 By Jimmy Harris    Opinion

Remember That Hope Is A Good Thing

As your mayor, now is the time for leaders to offer hope. As Andy Dufresne in the movie, “Shawshank Redemption” said to his friend, “Red,” in a letter, “Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things, and a good thing ne... — Updated 11/23/2020


Thanksgiving Feast Goes On

Dear Citizens of Transylvania County: 2020 has been a year like no other and we want to thank you for participating in the wellness of our community. In this season of Thanksgiving, we want to take a moment and thank you for your g... — Updated 11/23/2020

 By Brett Wesner    Opinion

Congress Should Revoke Tax On PPP Loans

The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers... — Updated 11/23/2020


County Courthouse Comments And Concerns

We are a volunteer group of Transylvania County residents from diverse backgrounds who care deeply about the future of our community. We came together informally over two years ago after the Board of Commissioners voted to shelve... — Updated 10/5/2020

 By Michelle Pilon    Opinion

Symptoms, Identification And Treatment Of Sepsis

Many people are aware of how important knowing their numbers is for their health — things like blood pressure, weight and cholesterol, but do you know what TIME stands for in relation to your health? TIME is the acronym for the... — Updated 9/30/2020


Workers Deserve Living Wages And Benefits

While Labor Day traditionally marks the “unofficial end of summer,” returning to school, kicking off autumn sports seasons, and ubiquitous fall sales, the original intent of this federal day of observance is often disregarded:... — Updated 9/7/2020


Four Reasons Republicans Love Trump

I am writing to reassure Mr. Phil Seymour (Aug. 20 letter) there are four reasons why the Republican Party is experiencing a level of unity and excitement not witnessed since 1984 when Ronald Reagan clobbered Walter Mondale.... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Michelle Pilon    Opinion

Self-Care: What You Can Do To Build Resilience

Self-care is a term we hear often, and it encompasses not only how you care for your body, but your emotional health as well. COVID-19 has challenged us in ways we never could have foreseen just six months ago. Our worlds have gott... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

Postal Service Provides Access To Information

Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is “suspending” its sudden cost-cutting moves — tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By David Morrow    Opinion

North Carolina Voters Have Lots Of Options

Your editorial dated Aug. 6, 2020 begs an answer. Several of the points raised in the editorial have been under discussion by both the Transylvania County Board of Elections and the staff and the State Board of Elections and its st... — Updated 8/17/2020

 By David White    Opinion

Head Start In WNC Needs COVID-19 Funding

For the last several months, even as the world seemed to slow down and so many businesses closed their doors, Head Start programs in North Carolina have continued their work to meet the needs of Head Start children, families, and... — Updated 8/12/2020


It's Time To Resist The Rising Tide Of Fascism

Seventy-five years ago, Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoeller reflected on the rise of fascism in his native Germany. “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. “Then they came for... — Updated 8/12/2020


The Value Of Family, Friends And Alliances

People in western North Carolina attach great importance to their families and good friends. These are folks they spend a great deal of time with, planning their futures and reminiscing about important memories. They often share... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Mike Hawkins    Opinion

All Three Tools Must Be Used To Fight COVID-19

My wife and I like to make our grocery trips on Saturday night. While going at that time reminds us how barren our social lives are, it is great for getting in and out because the stores are less crowded – deserted, even. Over... — Updated 8/3/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Is Working To Keep Patients, Staff Safe

Just as our community members have adapted to the changing best practices that surround COVID-19, we continue to reassess how we provide care based on careful analysis of current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations,... — Updated 7/27/2020


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